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Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person tactical shooter and the sixth entry in the popular Call of Duty series. True to its name and following the lead of its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it places players in modern combat settings, as opposed to the WWII environments of the earlier Call of Duty games. This modern approach brings with it new weapons, action and options. Coupled with a variety of gameplay modes including single player, multiplayer and the co-op Special Ops Mode, it is destined to be one of the most popular games of 2009 and a worthy addition to the Call of Dutyseries.

 

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Taking fire from behind a riot shield in 'Modern Warfare 2'
Classic tactical FPS action.
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Leading a squad off a landing strip in 'Modern Warfare 2'
Customizable multiplayer perk system.
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A battleground in the slums of Rio in 'Modern Warfare 2'
Diverse in-game environments.
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Soldier looking down a rifle with a scope attachment in 'Modern Warfare 2'
New weapons and gadgets.
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Story
The storyline of Modern Warfare 2 picks up where the events of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare left off. The ultranationalist Russian leader Zakhaev has been eliminated, but it seems that his lieutenant, Vladimir Makarov, is an even bigger danger. Having made a successful play for power, Intel indicates that he is extending the reach of his influence well beyond the borders of Mother Russia, causing a stir in the international community and prompting the involvement of Task Force 141. Task Force 141 is an elite multinational unit made up of Navy Seals, Delta Force operatives, British SAS and CIA. In the single player campaign you are Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson, with the hero of Call of Duty 4, "Soap" MacTavish, promoted to Captain, making an appearance as an NPC (non-player character) and your commanding officer. The elimination of Makarov and his underlings at any cost is your number one priority, regardless where the fight occurs.

Gameplay
The latest release in arguably the most successful tactical first-person shooter franchise of all-time, gameplay in Modern Warfare 2follows the same winning and time-tested structure of earlier games in the series. In the single player campaign players are aided by AI squad members as they take on a series of missions aimed at eliminating Ultranationalist forces. Each mission is built around a particular objective, with players utilizing some level of guidance from NPC characters, including "Soap" MacTavish, and aided in navigation by the game's heads up display (HUD). Along the way players will be able to utilize a wide variety of weaponry and and vehicles, as well as be able to customize weapons with gadgets attached to them.

Also, just as in previous games in the series, Modern Warfare 2 is heavily focused on multiplayer gameplay. The different multiplayer modes, available both in local play and online, contain plenty of customization options and revolve around different strategies ranging from the every man for himself action of "Free-for All," the classic team-based fun of "Capture the Flag and the tactical, team-oriented action of "Search and Destroy," just to name a few. Multiplayer modes also feature the "Perk" System that players may be familiar with from earlier in the franchise. Through this system players gain additional abilities, weapons and benefits as they gain experience in combat. This can be done by leveling up, but another important way way is through "kill streaks," the number of enemies eliminated in succession. These are available beginning with three kills and include the ability to call for supply drops, predator missile strikes, helicopter gunships and many more. Players have the ability to customize in advance which perks will be available at each number and can even gauge their progress towards each at the touch of a button. With an eye towards not making the game too hard for new players the game also features help to players experiencing "death streaks," multiple consecutive deaths in multiplayer matches.

Special Ops Co-op Mode
Along with a single player mode and multiple multiplayer modes,Modern Warfare 2 also features an unique third main play option, Special Ops Mode. Available both online and in local play, Special Ops Mode is designed to provide a distinct time-based play option, featuring special scenarios not found in other modes in the game and lots of enemies to take on. This mode can be played either alone or with a friend, again either locally or online, with local co-op play including split-screen functionality.

Key Game Features

  • Challenging Multiplayer Modes – Modern Warfare 2 will contain a wealth of multiplayer modes including: the every man for himself action of "Free-for All," the classic team-based fun of "Capture the Flag and the tactical, team-oriented action of "Search and Destroy."
  • Improved AI Enemies – Improved artificial intelligence now allows enemies to attack from virtually any direction as players respawn into the game adding additional challenges.
  • An All-new Call of Duty Adventure - Modern Warfare 2features an all new Call of Duty storyline revolving around the continuing struggles against the Russian rebel group the Ultranationalists, who have found a new and more dangerous leader.
  • The 'Special Ops' Optional Co-op Mode – "Special Ops" Mode allows two players, either alone or with a friend, to engage in unique mission play and features split-screen functionality.
  • Diverse In-game Environments - Battlegrounds traversed in the game range from the lonely, snow-clad mountains of Kazakhstan, to dark tunnels in the Afghanistan and the crowded slums of Rio.
  • Nonstop Action - Modern Warfare 2 contains no cutscenes, so players are always engaged in the action, no matter where they are in the game.
  • New Breach Gameplay Mechanic - Players can now blaze their own paths through the game by "Breaching" formerly impregnable obstacles like walls and doors with explosives.
  • New Gadgets, Weapons and Weapons System Modern Warfare 2 contains many new and updated weapons, new weapons attachments, as well as a variant of the multiplayer weapons customization system from Call of Duty 4, now available in the single player campaign.
  • New Perks and Increased Customization - Multiplayer modes feature new perks for leveling up, and for killstreaks and deathstreaks. Those awarded for streaks can customized in advance according to when they become available.
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ESRB:  M
Number of Players:  1-16
Publisher:  Activision
Developer:  Infinity Ward
Console:  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Genre:  First-Person Shooter
Release Date:  November 10, 2009
Price:  $59.99
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review by . November 10, 2009
Reviewers Note:  Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 dropped down at midnight.  In spite of being able to pick up the game at midnight (and manage to stay up all night... and all day with friends playing it) there's still quite a bit that I've yet to really fully experience with the game.  So I'd like to caution those reading that this review may seem a bit incomplete as a result.  Normally you only have to play games for a few hours to really get the experience you need.  Call …
review by . November 12, 2009
While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 doesn't bring anything "new" to the table as far as gameplay is concerned, it is far better than its predecessor in almost every way.  If you thought the graphics for COD 4 were good, MW 2's are even better.  The battles are more intense as well, bringing a sense of realism to the table.  During these battles, the whole feel of them seems more organized, like you're actually part of the squad you're fighting with, whether that's the Army …
review by . February 21, 2011
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Modern Warfare 2 is simply fun and interesting. The game prides itself on having numerous and expansive multiplayer options. Since none of the options are listed up here I shall detail a few here. (all modes collect experience points)      OffLine Local Player   There are 9 modes here with support for up to 4 players per PS3 system. All of the perks and even unlockables carried over from online multiplayer can be carried over here. Essentially this is an experience …
review by . January 28, 2010
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I actually got the first Modern Warfare on a bet with my friend. He would buy it, only if I bought it. I knew the game was a good one, but I just didn’t know how good it was going to be. That first mission infiltrating a cargo ship in an outright downpour while the lightning struck in the background set an atmosphere that I still can’t shake. Captain Price nonchalantly smoking his cigar right next to you before the ropes dropped from the helicopter expressed to me that he’s been …
review by . May 13, 2010
Since I don't have an Xbox 360, I haven't played many games on this platform. When my brother was home for spring break, he introduced me to CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 and I was hooked. The overall storyline of the campaign is done extremely well. It's a great story and would make a great movie. Until now, the movie RED DAWN offered the best scenario of an invasion of America in any media. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2 tops that by quite a bit. It's so engaging. The twists and turns of the …
Quick Tip by . January 07, 2010
Yet another great addition to the greatest FPS series of all time. New weapons and perks make it a winner for me hands down! Thanks IW!
Quick Tip by . December 28, 2009
Incredibly diverse single player campaign kept the game fresh and exciting all the way through. Tons of "Holy Crap!" scripted moments.
review by . November 14, 2009
I played the heck out of "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" when that first came out. I liked just about everything in the game, from the weapons, to the plot that actually kept me interested, to the fine multi-player mayhem available on Xbox Live. So I was really looking forward to playing this new game and I'm happy to report, it does not disapoint.    Almost everything about the game is better. The weapons are more fun (Predator drone missle for the win!), the graphics got kicked …
Quick Tip by . November 10, 2009
I don't even own this game yet but I know it is going to be amazing!
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